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Old IMU Phone Booths Now Tell Hidden Hoosiers’ Tales

The Indiana Memorial Union (IMU) pulsates with life—students circulate between cafés and study nooks, visitors bustle in and out of the Biddle Hotel, and, up marble stairs and tucked around a corner on the main level, “Hidden Hoosiers” resurrects voices from the past.

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COMMUNITY

Old IMU Phone Booths Now Tell Hidden Hoosiers’ Tales

The Indiana Memorial Union (IMU) pulsates with life—students circulate between cafés and study nooks, visitors bustle in and out of the Biddle Hotel, and, up marble stairs and tucked around a corner on the main level, “Hidden Hoosiers” resurrects voices from the past.

Facts About the 2020 Census: Be Counted. It’s Important!

Mandated by the Constitution and conducted every 10 years since 1790, the census helps determine political districts at the federal, state, and local levels, and is used to distribute federal dollars for roads, schools, hospitals, and other public resources.

The Public Library Now Has 3D Printer

Libraries are generally known for housing books, and while the Monroe County Public Library (MCPL) does that, its Level Up Digital Creativity Center, located on the first floor of the Main Library on East Kirkwood, also houses an abundance of digital resources.

New Switchyard Park: It’s Large, Has Lots of Stuff & It’s Eco-Friendly

Officially opened in November, Switchyard Park is the city’s largest park—more than 65 acres. The facilities include an amphitheater, 11,000-square-foot event pavilion, skate park, splash pad, playground, dog park, and community gardens, as well as fitness circuits, electric car-charging stations, and several sports courts.

Police Social Worker Helps Those in Need Find Services

Melissa Stone’s gray polo shirt has a Bloomington Police Department (BPD) badge on one side and the words “Social Worker” on the other. She says it’s important that she gain the trust of the people she approaches. “I’ll introduce myself and say ‘I’m not an officer. I’m just a social worker. I can’t arrest you,’” Stone explains.

New Special Victims Unit For Sex Crimes & Domestic Violence

When Erika Oliphant stepped into her new role as Monroe County prosecutor in 2019, she wanted to improve the experience of sex crime and domestic abuse victims within the criminal justice system, as well as the experience of those who work to prosecute their offenders. “These are difficult caseloads,” Oliphant says. “They’re very emotionally draining. I thought it might be better to try more of a team approach.”

Guest Column: Growing Up Taliaferro

While I consider Baltimore, Maryland, my childhood home, I was born in Los Angeles, where my father, George Taliaferro, was a member of the Los Angeles Dons. As a family, we moved to Baltimore, where my two younger sisters were born and Daddy continued his professional football career with the then-Baltimore Colts.

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